KC Parks News

  • Holiday Pricing on #KCParks All Access Annual Passes

    Purchase All-Access Annual Passes to KC Parks Community Centers at Special Holiday Pricing! Adult All-Access Annual Pass: $200 ($100 savings) Senior All-Access Annual Pass: $100 ($100 savings) Looking for holiday gifts or to treat yourself? Beginning on Black Friday, Kansas City Parks and Recreation is offering special holiday pricing on All-Access Annual Passes good at all 10 KC Parks […]

  • First King Penguin Hatch at KCZoo

    It may be Thanksgiving in a few days but the focus at the Kansas City Zoo this week is on a bird of a different type. For the first time, a king penguin chick has hatched at the Kansas City Zoo. The chick is being hand raised behind the scenes. The Kansas City Zoo received […]

  • KCZoo to Open Touch Tank in 2018

    How do you think a stingray feels? Slippery like soap? Scratchy like a tree trunk? There’s only one way to find out — at the Kansas City Zoo’s new touch tank, Stingray Bay. The Zoo recently broke ground on this brand new exhibit, which is set to open in May 2018. Guests will have the […]

  • Little Blue Trace Extension Opens in Little Blue Valley Park

    On November 9, KC Parks hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the nearly one-mile extension of scenic, paved, multi-use trail along the Little Blue River in Little Blue Valley Park. The trail~which connects Kansas City, Missouri’s Little Blue Valley Park, Raytown’s Little Blue Trace Park, and George Road south of Blue Parkway~is a partnership with […]

  • Veterans Day Weekend Events to Honor Generations of Service at National WWI Museum and Memorial

    As the commemoration of the centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National World War I Museum and Memorial will honor veterans and active-duty military members with free admission during Veterans Day Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12, and half-price admission for the general public. A slate of events and activities are planned, including a free, […]

  • {NEWS} KC Parks Receives TRIM Grant to Develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    The Forestry Operations Division of Kansas City Parks and Recreation has received a $25,000 Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). TRIM grants assist Missouri communities with the management, improvement and/or conservation of their trees and forests. The grant will be used to expand the City’s capacity to […]

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    KC Parks Partners with Special Olympics

    Kansas City Parks and Recreation is now an official sponsoring host agency of Special Olympics, Missouri and is recruiting athletes of all skill levels to compete on the inaugural KC Parks Special Olympics Basketball Team. Eligible athletes should be at least 8 years of age and have an intellectual disability. “We view our sponsorship as the opportunity to […]

  • Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain Rededicated

    On October 25, neighbors, community leaders and fountain enthusiasts joined together in celebration at the rededication of the Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain.  Nearly $1 million of public and private money helped fund the rehabilitation and repair of this iconic and historic fountain which had been dormant for two years.. The statuary portion of the fountain, […]

  • KC Parks Director Leads National Organization

    Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation Director Mark L. McHenry was recently elected President of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). He is the first and only director from Kansas City to lead this prestigious national organization. McHenry was officially installed at the AAPRA banquet held during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual […]

  • KC Museum Leaders and Supporters Join Together for a Construction Kickoff Ceremony

    Despite the threat of rain and a cold front that moved into the area Tuesday morning, leaders and supporters of the Kansas City Museum convened for coffee, Seven Swans Créperie, and a Construction Kickoff Ceremony to celebrate the commencement of construction on the Kansas City Museum restoration and renovation project. Gathering in the Grand Hall of […]


    On October 11, 2017, the Paseo Gateway Intersection Redesign will be revealed followed by a Design Workshop for the Monument that will be located at the intersection. The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation department invites you to join your neighbors and be the first to view the design and join in the […]

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    2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series at Starlight Theatre Announced

    Starlight Theatre is pleased to announce that its 2018 Broadway series will be newly sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and will feature a wide selection of shows designed to satisfy the varied entertainment tastes of Kansas City theatre-goers. Starlight has programmed its core summer season to encompass five Broadway musicals with weeklong runs and, to […]